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General Dentist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for general dentists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of general dentists amongst California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of General Dentists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$59,920
25th Percentile Wage
$82,220
50th Percentile Wage
$135,490
75th Percentile Wage
$184,440
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for general dentists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $184,440. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $135,490. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $59,920.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of general dentists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$135,490
-7.31% 5.75%
2016
$145,400
-5.69% -
2015
$153,680
9.98% -
2014
$138,340
2.51% -
2013
$134,870
5.32% -
2012
$127,700
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of General Dentists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of general dentists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of general dentists in state of California ranges from $64,390 to $204,710. The highest paying area for general dentists in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $204,710. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Hanford-Corcoran (mean annual salary $200,730). The lowest paying area is Stockton with a median annual salary of $64,390.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$204,710
Hanford-Corcoran
$200,730
Napa
$200,250
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$192,690
Visalia-Porterville
$172,240
Salinas
$168,140
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$163,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$161,980
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$161,640
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$157,910
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$157,360
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$144,180
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$144,160
Merced
$143,870
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$142,790
Modesto
$142,750
Fresno
$141,130
Bakersfield-Delano
$140,570
Yuba City
$139,680
Vallejo-Fairfield
$139,650
Madera-Chowchilla
$133,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$132,990
El Centro
$129,260
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$118,780
Redding
$118,510
Chico
$118,430
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$117,020
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$110,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$106,790
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$100,250
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$92,960
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$79,130
Stockton
$64,390




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